NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 23, 2012) â€” Christian music mainstay Jason Crabb led the number of Gospel Music Association (GMA) DOVE Award nominations according to the press conference held by the GMA at The Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, GA on February 22, 2012.
Crabbâ€™s eight nominations include: Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Country Recorded Song of the Year (â€œWhy Meâ€), Southern Gospel Song of the Year (â€œIf There Ever Was a Time,â€ Crabb Family), Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year (â€œI Saw the Lightâ€), Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year (â€œIâ€™d Rather Have Jesusâ€), Southern Gospel Album of the Year (The Song Lives On) (Gaither Music Group) and Long Form Music Video of the Year (The Song Lives On) (Gaither Music Group).
Crabbâ€™s current southern Gospel radio hit â€œWho Am I,â€ written by Rusty Goodman and also featured on his nominated release The Song Lives On, is also nominated in the Song of the Year category for the 2012 GMA DOVE Awards.
â€œIâ€™m just blown away,â€ stated Jason. â€œMy latest release, The Song Lives On, is a project Iâ€™d always dreamed of recording. I wanted to go back to my rootsâ€¦back to the church where I grew up singing. To see the songs I sang in a little country church be honored in this way is special. This album is something really dear to my heart. I am grateful to the three Bâ€™sâ€”Bill Gaither, Barry Jennings and Bill Carterâ€”for making this dream a reality for me.â€
Crabb received the news while traveling back from Tuesday nightâ€™s college basketball game, broadcast on ESPN, between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the University of Kentucky Wildcats where he performed the national anthem for a packed house at the Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, MS.
â€œI want to thank Mississippi State University for allowing me to be a part of such a big game,â€ commented Jason. â€œWhat an honor and what a great game!â€
Crabb, a Kentucky native and lifelong Wildcat fan, was able to meet Coach Calipari, the University of Kentuckyâ€™s head coach. Calipari tweeted later in the evening about his Kentucky team stating, â€œOur boys still have the will to win.â€ Included in the tweet was the attached photo with Crabb.
Crabbâ€™s recorded products are available online and at retail everywhere and are distributed through EMI CMG Distribution. For further information regarding Jason Crabb, visit www.jasoncrabb.com.